The History

The origin of the pastel isn't exactly clear – but we will try our best to make it simple for you!  Pastel was created in Brazil by the Chinese immigrants who adopted local ingredients to their traditional Spring Rolls. Then, at the onset of World War II, the number of Pastelarias (fast food restaurants devoted to pastel) grew exponentially in Brazil!  You see, many Japanese-Brazilians opened their own Pastelarias  –  typically considered Chinese businesses –  to hide themselves from prejudice.  Well, the situation was fierce; Japan was the enemy of Brazil during the war.  So during this period, the Japanese-Brazilians did the best they could to blend in - and satisfy the Japanese palate.  They adopted the specialized Japanese culinary techniques to the Brazilian pastel, which evolved over time to reflect traditional Japanese gyoza. VOILA, the country embraced it!

So For Real

The Pastel was created in Brazil; Conceived by Chinese immigrants, popularized by the Japanese, and eternalized by the Brazilians. It endures as the most beloved street food throughout Brazil.   Comparable to the American Cheeseburger, the “best” is sought across communities!  Coveted for any meal, breakfast-treat, lunch or dinner, it is found from east to west and north to south. Today pastel is available in pastelarias, supermarkets, bars, deli’s, at family celebrations, festivals and fairs - almost anywhere!